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Use Teams for personal and small business use with your keyboard and a screen reader to make use of the flyout window in Windows 11. We have tested it with Narrator, JAWS, and NVDA, but it might work with other screen readers as long as they follow common accessibility standards and techniques. The flyout window in your taskbar lets you directly access key features of Microsoft Teams and launch the app itself.
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These instructions assume that the virtual PC cursor mode is used with JAWS. Recent versions of JAWS no longer have the virtual PC cursor mode set as default for Microsoft Teams. For instructions on how to switch the virtual PC cursor mode on, refer to the section "Enable the JAWS virtual cursor" in Use a screen reader to explore and navigate Microsoft Teams.
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Elements of the flyout window
By default, the flyout window can be accessed from the Chat icon in your Windows 11 taskbar when you are signed in to Microsoft Teams. It contains the following main elements:
In the top row, the Meet and Chat buttons
In the main content area, the Search button, the Recent chats list, and the Synced contacts list
In the bottom row, the Open Microsoft Teams button
In the upper-right corner, the Give feedback and What’s new buttons
To move between elements, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab.
Explore and navigate the flyout window
To navigate inside the flyout window:
To create a new meeting, press Shift+Tab until you hear "Meet," and then press Enter. The focus is on the Start a meeting now button. Press Enter to start a meeting immediately, or if you want to schedule a meeting for later, press the Down arrow key until you hear "Schedule a meeting," and then press Enter. The Invite people to join you or New meeting dialog box opens and the flyout window is closed.
To open a new chat conversation, press Shift+Tab until you hear "Chat," and then press Enter. The meeting or conversation opens in a new window and the flyout window is closed.
To browse the Recent and Synced contacts lists, press the Tab key until you hear "Recent," "Chats, tree view," or a name of a chat. Then use the Up and Down arrow keys to find the chat you want. When you find the chat you want, press Enter to open the chat.
To filter the Recent and Synced contacts lists, press the Tab key or Shift+Tab until you hear "Search," press Enter, and then type your search term. The contents of the lists are filtered according to the search term. Then press the Tab key two times. The focus is on the Recent chats list. Browse the results with the Up and Down arrow keys. To remove the search filter, press Shift+Tab until you hear "Close search," and then press Enter.
To open Teams for personal and small business use, press the Tab key until you hear "Open Microsoft Teams," and then press Enter. The app main window opens and the flyout pane is closed.
Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams for personal and small business use
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